Atlas missile launched from Cape Canaveral on secret mission at night, goes into orbit by its own guidance system, carries new communications system, broadcasts Ike's message from satellite in space, actual sound of Ike's voice heard (partial newsreel).
April 14, 2005
Our Missile Is Way Better Than Your Satellite
Newsreel story about the launch of the third Atlas missile, which, the narrator informs us, is way better than Sputnik, and which became one of the first communications satellites, broadcasting a message from President Eisenhower wishing everyone peace on earth. This was the space program in its infancy, folks, giving this some historical value, as well as some mild amusement when the narrator reports the dismal failures of the first two Atlas missiles, though he refers to them as triumphs.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.